Action Alert: Support Public Access in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania House Bill 1694 (HB 1694), introduced by Rep. Jim Struzzi (R-Indiana), amends an existing law encouraging landowners to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes, including hunting, by limiting liability in connection therewith by expanding the law’s coverage to volunteers and nonprofit organizations. The purpose of the bill is to encourage owners of land, volunteers and volunteer organizations to make land and water areas available to the public for recreational purposes by limiting their liability to recreational users and persons or property based on acts of omission by landowners or acts or acts of omission by recreational users.


Please consider joining the National Deer Association (NDA) in support of this important legislation. HB 1694 increases both the quantity and quality of public hunting access by encouraging landowners to open and maintain their lands for public use. CLICK HERE to ask your lawmakers to support HB 1694.


The NDA is dedicated to ensuring the future of hunting. Certainly, that future must be founded on the presence of wild deer and places to hunt them. While Pennsylvania boasts a large network of state-owned lands open to hunting, fishing and other outdoor pursuits, many hunters rely on accessing land owned and/or managed by private owners or non-profit organizations, such as conservancies or trail associations. These organizations perform extraordinarily valuable services such as keeping hiking trails open and maintained, cleaning up litter, performing maintenance and completing projects in parks, and making our public lands and facilities safer, accessible and enjoyable. HB 1694 ensures that these organizations can continue to do so by limiting their liability to recreational users who take advantage of their generosity and services.

About Torin Miller

Torin Miller is a licensed attorney and NDA’s Director of Policy. He works at the intersection of conservation and natural resources law, policy, advocacy and education. He has a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University, a J.D. from Penn State Law and is finishing a master's degree in wildlife and fisheries science at Penn State. Torin came to NDA via the National Deer Alliance, where he served as the Policy and Outreach Coordinator.